If you are a woman and enjoy Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, you will not question this decision. For one reason and another, I have led a life with its fair amount of anxiety. At such times, there is nothing like Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer. The world they write of is full of irony and whimsy, and in the case of Heyer, side-splitting humor. The rules governing the society of their characters is carefully circumscribed. For instance, all Tory gentlemen are to be found at White’s Gentlemen’s Club, while Whigs frequent Brooks. Unmarried females, no matter what their age, may not abide alone, but must live with relatives, or have a companion of suitable age. Women do not, under any circumstances, drive down St. James’s street. The fashionable hour in Hyde Park is 5:00 pm. And so forth.
I have been reading of the Regency period and its shibboleths since in my teens, and its rules bring comfort to the chaos of modern life. Not that I wish I lived in those times! Far from it. But I found great delight in creating characters who managed to live with (and around) those rules. My fingers fairly danced across my keyboard as I composed The Duke’s Undoing!
I now fancy writing a trilogy of Regencies, my second being well under way. The characters in Book Two will be loosely connected to the Duke and his bride by way of the eccentric chaperons in Book One–Lady Clarice (a mezzo soprano who is composing an opera about cats) and the award winning expert on the beetles of the British Isles, Miss Sukey Braithwaite. Of course their pets, a fat Siamese named Queen Elizabeth and a Tortoise known as Henry Five, will also grace the second volume.
So, when life is frenetic, kick back with something chocolate, and read about my duke and his authoress heroine, and all the trouble she brings upon his far from blameless life! Experience romance in the Regency.
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